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Have you tried out Google Chrome?

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Google says Chrome OS will be released by the end of 2010

Internet search giant Google has lifted the lid on its operating system, known as Chrome OS. Have you tried the new system?

The free and open source system is initially aimed at low-cost netbooks and does away with many of the features of a traditional program.

The firm has designed the system around its Chrome browser. The program was released 14 months ago and already has 40m regular users.

Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management said the system was based around speed, simplicity and security.

Have you tried Google's new Chrome OS operating system? What did you think of it? Will Google ever rival Microsoft? Click here to send your comments.

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Google Chrome may be adequate for the casual user and web surfer, but power users need a real desktop OS attached to a fast, local hard drive. I do music, photo and video editing. This takes huge files, hundreds of gigabytes, if not terabytes, of storage, and fully professional software. Even Linux lacks fully professional apps - for example GIMP doesn't come close to Photoshop CS4. And development tools for Flash and Silverlight have no professional-grade peers on Chrome or Linux. And I can't imagine backing up 100 gigabytes of work every day to the cloud, not to mention the time it would take to load those files the next day to continue working. Right now Apple and Microsoft are the only companies making desktop OSs with professional power.
Peter Nelson, Boston, USA

Google pushing ahead with Chrome OS beats Microsoft's concept which was announced over 10 years ago when web technology at the time didn't make it feasible to have the ability to roam your data wherever you are. But like all things, it takes time. The ideal of roaming works well in business, and has done on Microsoft Windows-based networks for some time, but bringing that into the home doesn't work for the majority of people. I use this type of technology on a daily basis so I do think its the way forward, but the UK needs to invest allot more money into its internet infrastructure before the public will embrace this technology.
Martyn Norman, Bath

I'd much rather take personal responsibility for my own data/information and back up locally than have it sitting on Google's servers. That thought just fills me with absolute dread. Given the number of high profile breaches of data security and confidentiality of late, the T-Mobile incident being just another example, I'm still amazed that so many are so eager to hand over every last detail about their lives in this way. It scares the life out of me. And for that reason... I'm out!
David Hawes, Cardiff, UK

I have been using Chrome browser since launch and rarely use any other, I will probably try Chrome OS on a separate partition on my machine if you can use it without a solid state drive. However, the internet infrastructure in this country is nowhere near good enough to cope with the way computing is heading and I feel this will prevent Google from making more than a slight dent in the OS market. BBC iPlayer HD and Playstation 3 HD Video store are 2 recently released bandwidth intensive applications that many households in the country will simply not be able to access. Now operating systems are going the same way? People will not be able to use their computers if they are not careful, have you ever tried uploading a large file? Its a nightmare.
Jamie, UK

No, but why would anyone want to store all their data on remote servers over which they have no control? With the amount of data being hacked and going astray, I'll keep mine where I can control it thanks. Yet another step to spy on and monitor us? No thanks.
Brain damage, Shipley, England

This is hardly a new idea. Acorn, using it's own ROM based Risc-OS operating system configured with optional disc-less operation, in conjunction with Oracle, had client-server (now called cloud by the trendies) computing 15 or 20 years ago. Around 10 years or so ago the same set up was available in the shops under various different brands.
Richard, Midlands

I have not tried Chrome OS, but I use Chrome web browser all the time. I find it fast and it does everything I want it to do. I welcome the chance to use the OS as this would be some competition to the MS monopoly. Hopefully Google will not go the same route as MS i.e. profit, profit, profit and minimal service.
Mike, Brisbane, Australia

Who would be stupid enough to upload their personal documents and photos onto Google's servers? But then again, millions already put their whole life onto MySpace and Facebook for all to see.
Dave, Portsmouth

I tried Google Chrome, for just over a month during the summer. Mostly because YouTube and other sites stated they were no longer supporting Internet Explorer and therefore I needed to move to a more "modern" platform. It worked ok, but is nothing like IE in its layout. Then I found it couldn't process certain script from various websites. A friend confirmed the problem was that Google Chrome had not passed beta testing and should not have been rolled out yet. After that I switched to Firefox and have had no problems.
Steven Hilton, Gandia, Spain

Cloud computing is the way forward, it will mean a renaissance in computer technology because it will mean the operating system you run will become irrelevant. With mobile phones, netbooks etc. all running different operating systems, cloud computing allows them to collaborate with only a web browser as a common local application. In education this model is being used nationally which reduces cost. Schools will no longer need large servers with expensive backup solutions. All they will need is a internet gateway and computers running effectively as thin clients connecting to central servers off site.

I have a new cell phone with Google's Android OS and its terrific, but I am not so sure about Chrome OS. First, not many PCs will go with the solid state drives, at least in the short term. And I am not comfortable with storing all my docs on the cloud. So I guess we'll see.
David, Washington DC

"I will try anything that isn't the bloated DRM-riddled mess that is Windows. I really hope this takes off, or at least encourages people to try alternatives to the awful Windows operating system."Paul, Edinburgh

Windows, a "DRM-riddled mess"? Windows, an "awful operating system"? You are living on a different planet Paul. Please enlighten us to this superior operating system that you must be using. Windows is the best operating system in the world, made by the world's leading software company. Give up the jealous hatred.
Glen, London

Having read some of the reviews it seems that Google Chrome it seems as though this OS requires new expensive hardware and is very limited in what it can do. I will stick to Linux which runs on just about anything, is secure and virus free - unlike Microsoft Windows. Linux is free and runs every type of application, also free, that runs on Windows. Google Chrome is destined for the pile of short lived products along with betamax, bskyb and 8-track cartridge players.
Paul, Lincs, UK

The power of laptops and desktop computers has continued to increase year on year at a remarkable rate, without any significant increase in price, and excellent free open source software, including the Linux OS, is available for almost all applications. So I do not see why any user should want "cloud" computing. Apart from the obvious security disadvantage, why allow yourself to be locked into Google's system? Mind you, there are very many users who have allowed Microsoft, with the anti-competitive collaboration of hardware manufacturers, to lock them into its systems. So Google could be very successful.
David, Glasgow, UK

Until it is fully supported from the gaming aspect, it will sit in the low end of the market. Plus, with Google getting ever bigger with bigger profits, it is becoming just as bad as Microsoft. Since the majority of people know that there's no such thing as a free lunch, I will continue to go with Microsoft as I'm not that into the advertising business model, which when it fails, will leave Google dead.
Scott Speight, Stratford-Upon-Avon

I will try anything that isn't the bloated DRM-riddled mess that is Windows. I really hope this takes off, or at least encourages people to try alternatives to the awful Windows operating system.
Paul, Edinburgh

Have I missed something? What is the point of Chrome OS? Why not just focus on Android? Surely they are now both competing for low-powered netbooks?
Andrew Watson, Leicester, UK

I gave Google's Chrome web browser a go about this time last year and was at first quite pleased with it. It loaded up lots faster than explorer and it was basically a faster rip-off of Firefox. However, as I used it more and more little niggly problems eventually made me switch back to Firefox. The most notable of these was not being able to click on certain links, like inputting a password to buy something off eBay. Based on the performance of the Chrome browser, I can't see how I can trust Google with a whole OS. Chrome had good reviews but in practice it just didn't cut it with the big boys and I imagine that their OS will be the same.
Tom, Birmingham, UK

I'm not enamoured with the idea of trusting personal work on-line. I back everything up on USB flash memory. But the clincher is composing music using a computer. The files sometimes get to 0.5Gb so on-line is a bit of a no-no. I don't want to wait forever and a day just to do a save and carry on working. Besides, it isn't Google as a company I mistrust but is every one of the individuals with access to your personal data trustworthy? The recent debacle over individuals in a mobile phone company selling data is a cautionary tale. Give the devil your name and he's got you.
Dane, Brighton

I can see this going the same way as cable TV. Small charge initially for access, then when enough people have been sucked in, out will come the packages and before you know it you have to pay £100 per month to access your data and any programs you want to use. Not so cheap now is it? We need competition in software, but to let your sensitive data be released into cyberland is a huge risk.
Chris, Fareham

I think the one thing that alarms me most about the Google Chrome OS is the storage of credentials online and the security implications that would arise. I for one welcome an alternative to MS, but think that Google could probably have done better by not confusing the many that think it is a browser. I also think that they would have done better developing a Linux-type OS with a nice graphics interface along a Google theme. Unfortunately MS Windows dominance has been left far too long to conquer for any OS to equal it, but it would useful to have one that was not so bug-ridden that a new system had to be re-invented every two years.
Rob Brideson, Salisbury UK

I wonder how many people around the world can afford SSD, which is required instead of a mechanical HD, for Chrome to work. And how this OS is going to run if one is not online, and therefore not connected to a Google server.
Mirek Kondracki, Alexandria, VA, USA

I'd be happy to use Chrome OS if it gave me the option of using my own server as the back end, a Chrome OS Server. The cloud idea is good and the theory behind having all of your data stored away from the actual PC is sound but I've simply got too much precious data to have it all stored in a place that I'm not in control of. Give me Chrome Server and I'm sold.
Matt Martin, Glastonbury, UK

The idea of storing programs and user data remotely on servers is something that has been talked about for some time, and it makes sense. However, this all assumes that user access to the server is reliable, reasonably fast and relatively cheap. In South Africa, it is none of these. I am a great supporter of open source and only use Linux at home and work, and would never, ever, consider going back to Windows. Unfortunately, products like Linux struggle to make people aware of their existence, particularly when 99% of PCs come pre-loaded with Windows. Try buying a Laptop with Linux! So what Google is proposing to do should serve to inform PC users of the fact that there are alternatives to Windows, and that must be good news.
Steve Wilson, Cape Town, SA

There seem to be an awful lot of posters who don't know the difference between an OS and a browser. I think that this is half the problem in trying to end the OS monopoly.
L Davidson, Winchester

I have no interest in Google Chrome. I want software that reduces my need for network connectivity, not increases it. I have used Windows more or less since it started, and think XP and Windows 7 are excellent operating systems. I have also used Linux for many years and think it can't be beaten as an alternative to Windows. Even Apple use it! No operating system that has to work over the internet can ever be secure. And Google's track record on security is abysmal.
Tom, Exeter, UK

I have been using Chrome for a while now and find it much quicker and reliable then IE. Some corporate sites will not function fully but I just switch to IE for these - hopefully this will be rectified in time.
Dr Robert Freeman, Doncaster, England

As someone who has had two hard drives die on them in the last two years, and some data lost on each occasion - and yes I do back up regularly - this idea of online storage is both good and bad. My data is stored separately from my computer, therefore might be safer when I spill coffee over it. But at least I have the chance to back up my data and can control how much might be lost. What happens if Google crashes and all my data is lost? Can I back up to a local hard drive to safeguard against Google losing my data? Just a thought.
NagoyaPete, Nagoya, Japan

"Windows isn't suited for the internet and it has virus, compatibility and speed issues." Paul, UK

Paul, you couldn't possibly be more wrong. What do you mean Windows isn't suited to the internet? It has the best networking features of any desktop OS. Windows has 'compatibility issues'? Windows has far better software and hardware compatibility than any other operating system in history. Windows has 'speed issues'? If you are running a next generation operating system on a five-year-old computer designed for XP, then you are bound to suffer in performance. As for Google Chrome - open source software just doesn't cut the mustard. I would rather pay £100+ for Windows than work with an inferior system.
Glen Thomas, London

"They say they want it to be for low-cost netbooks, and then say it will only run using solid state srives? A 32GB solid state drive costs upwards of £300 - I don't see this being a cheap netbook option."Mark, London

Not sure where you shop but I can get a new Transcend one for approx £70.
Ian, Epsom, Surrey

I'm not sure what is wrong with Linux. I really don't understand why Google didn't pick this up and make their own flavour. I do not want any of my data in a cloud. My resilient hard disk is sufficient and I trust myself more than whoever will have access to the data within the cloud. T-Mobile employees sold off personal data - what's to stop Google employees doing the same?
Graham Dean, Blackburn

I am worried about installing a complete OS made by Google on my computer. Although Google endorses open source programming, it remains a commercial company and is in the game for the money through advertising. Also I fail to see what the benefit is of Chrome OS over the free Linux OS on which it is based. A Linux OS such as Ubuntu and OpenSUSE will more flexible and are very stable and safe. The advantage of Chrome OS using a browser and online data will be mitigated soon by cloud computing which is already implemented in Ubuntu. I doubt Chrome OS will ever really compete with Windows since it can hardly compete with Linux OS although the name of Google will add some weight to the scales.
Francis Taylor, London

Well, provided the data on the Google servers really is secure then it could help civil servants, who seem to often leave their laptops, complete with sensitive data, on trains for all to access!
Tech Guy

Who would have thought that the day would come where you no longer considered Microsoft to be the evil spying network? Once Google is your operating system, you will have no more secrets.
Nic, Nottingham, England

I have it on my desktop and while it is okay, I cannot rate it higher although it is gratuitously provided. Irrespective of what OS I use, I am always forced to return to Windows as so many URLs are designed solely for Microsoft's products!
Robert Park, Kirriemuir, Scotland

I'm not comfortable with the amount of data Google takes from its Gmail and browser users, so I wouldn't really trust them to hold my data on their servers. I wouldn't trust them not to use the information to boost their advertising revenues.
Steve Harris, Coventry

Sticking it to Microsoft probably isn't a good enough reason on its own for me to experiment with an OS, and besides, I don't have a netbook at the moment and no plans to get one. But if it gets a good reputation after release, who knows? I could be converted.
Ryan, Glasgow

I'd much rather stick to Windows 7, it's doing the job it says on the box and was a really nice jump from XP. I'm not sure I'd trust the OS to be browser-based. I quite like things being desktop-based and having all of my information on my computer, not Google's servers.
Liz, Kent, England

I have used Chrome since the launch on PC in 2008. It still has a number of limitations that demand retention of other browsers. The minimalist approach of Chrome is its greatest appeal for me. This could perhaps lead to too much dependence, for comfort, on Google for features and facilities. Over a year since the launch on PCs it is not yet available as a production release on Mac.
Jim Ballantyne, Sandhurst

I really like the Chrome browser. It's quicker than Firefox. The stripped back appearance is clean and it's also very intuitive to use. My only gripe is the lack of any adblock facility, but that's not surprising as the company's profit is derived from advertising. Microsoft has dictated how we use PCs for so long and Google has the power to challenge this. I like the sound of the Chrome OS. My main concern is trusting a company of Google's nature with my personal data. I imagine it's a very valuable resource for marketing in the wrong hands. That aside, the idea of being able to recover data when your computer goes pop is great. I'll look to use it, I think!
Nathan, Yeovil

If you are not installing programmes then you must be running them over the internet, with the data stored remotely. Great idea unless you happen to live in Devon where BT can just about get me 1 Mbit/second through broadband. If I tried to use a mobile system, I would get no reception at home and the signal would drop out when I tried to use the computer on the train. Nice idea for storing data, but the progs and data will need to be stored and run locally, at least temporarily, or it will be useless when travelling.
Adrian Pope, Sidmouth, UK

As someone who's kept a keen eye on operating systems over the last four years, I would think that the re-assertion of a balance in the market will be a joint effort between many players. What Google has done here is not only to create a serious contender in the netbook space against Microsoft, it has also given much-needed publicity and credibility to the hitherto nearly invisible free and open source software community. As more people realise that an operating system market does exist beyond Microsoft's monopoly and Apple's snobbery, the change in attitude will lead to a paradigm shift overall. You can't compete with free. Especially when it's ethical to boot (pun intended).
Daniel Davies, Boscombe, Bournemouth, UK

Funny thing was I predicted this move about four years ago and posted details on Technet, right in the homeland of the techies. The number of outraged responses I received was amazing. Most were saying the home PC would remain the same.
Charles Smith, London, UK

While I applaud a workable free OS - we have paid through the nose for increasingly bloated versions of Windows for far too long - I can see the day coming when users will be obliged to pay by the app and by the unit of storage space. This is an idea mooted by Oracle many years ago and rejected by the markets as too reliant on the provider. Does improved online access mean we are now ready for this or are we just used to forking out many small sums for every aspect of functionality? Will creeping commitment through a low startup cost prove the worm that gets us hooked?
Des, Herts

What's the point in making an entire operating system for web apps? Can't the Android do all that already in your handheld device?
Anees, Dubai

There have been two recent changes to the iGoogle homepage. One stops themes working on netbooks, the other is an annoying tab that cannot be removed. This has produced a flood of complaints. They now want us to use all our applications through a browser that they cannot even get working. They are going to give Linux a bad name. Cloud computing can never take off until we have permanent, global, connectivity. I want to be able to work on my netbook when I have not got a connection. That means data and applications where I can get at them, not where Google wants them. But anything that puts a hole in Microsoft must be doing something right. By the way, it is not "Linux and Ubuntu", Ubuntu is version of Linux, just like OpenSuse, Slackware, Debian, Mint, Puppy, Red Hat et al.
Harry, Manchester, England

I have been using Chrome for many months now and find it much better than IE. The searches are quicker, the tabbing better and the menu structures more intuitive. I will definitely be trying the OS when released. Good on Google for the challenge and really addressing how people want to use the Net!
Jay Moyes, Canterbury, Kent

Running everything via the web is not, currently, practical. Firstly you need good broadband speeds and secondly most broadband has really slow upload speeds. Have you ever tried using an online backup service? I did and it took an age to upload pictures and video - and the latter didn't always get there.
S Linden, Liverpool

The writing's on the wall. Microsoft's days are numbered. As broadband gets faster, why not have everything web based? Films, TV and even games are now being streamed, so what is the point of owning an expensive operating system? Unfortunately, the idea of having all ones data 'in the cloud', as these pretentious IT'ers would say, requires an inordinate amount of trust in the holders of that data to be able to keep it safe. As many dystopian futurist novelists have already pointed out, what better potential for social control than to have control of peoples data?
Mark, Luton, UK

"Any documents and files created on the computer were automatically synced and saved on Google's servers." Surely this means that Google would then have accessibility to private and confidential information? As it is, Gmail scans emails to find "target" words for advertising. I'm not sure I'd be quite as comfortable having my private documents on Google's servers.
Ash, Canada

I haven't tried the new OS but I did try the Chrome browser and didn't like it; I much prefer Firefox. The problem with Google's idea of blindingly fast computing is that computing that uses the internet to access files is limited to the local internet speed and not everybody has access to high-speed broadband. For example, when I worked in SE Asia up to February last year, the local "broadband" speed was 512kb/sec. In fact, when taking a netbook away from the home location, it would render the computer useless almost anywhere outside high speed public wi-fi access. Which is almost everywhere. Perhaps these Google people live in a different world to the rest of us?
Frank Bowron, Hatfield

Considering Google's infamous lack of transparency when it comes to privacy and what they do with your data, I would not touch this with a barge pole. You'd never know where important documents and personal details might end up.
Jay, Rotherham

This could seriously have an impact in the future. Cheap portable fast web-connected computers are what people want. Windows isn't suited for the internet and it has virus, compatibility and speed issues. Google also has a brand that is more recognisable than Apple. How many people do video editing daily? Few. How many people browse the web daily? Lots.
Paul, UK

I won't be trying Google Chrome OS. There is no way that I would want to have all my documents stored on run on a Google server where they can be published when Google sees fit, as it is obviously above the law in the publishing of copyrighted books. One decent hacker will get hold of so much information from one central source it is seriously worrying that people will be using this. Google is now getting far too big and believing itself, like some of its rivals, to be above the law or so unaffected by massive fines as to not care.
Chris B, Crawley

I tried it and after 5 minutes I switched back to IE7. There isn't a drop down bar in the browser for previously used addresses so it's tedious that you have to type every address. There's no favourites bar and the page doesn't fit. Its slightly smaller than normal and after a while it gets tiring on the eyes.
Simon Ward, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

I downloaded Google Chrome when it became available to try in July. Now I wouldn't be without it and will not be upgrading to Windows 7. Chrome is so simple and fast, it does everything I want in a browser and it's open source, unlike Windows which retails at £70. This makes it great for users and thanks to Google for an impressive piece of software that makes Windows look pale by comparison.
Chris Hannant, Poole, UK

You can already do most of this today. Buy a cheap laptop, install a Linux OS and the Firefox browser. Then use Google docs for word processing, spreadsheet, Gmail. This, together with the vast range of services and apps available online, does what most people need. In the end, it's about marketing, and Google have created the right image to engender the trust that is required for people to switch away from Microsoft.
Matt Wallis, Oxford, England

Do people really want all their data on a server where they have no control over its re-use? I'm sticking with XP, an operating system born before the web took off in a big way.
Ned Ludd, Malvern

"All the user's data is stored on Google's servers." Personally I don't trust the idea of Google 'owning' my data. What if they decide to delete it one day? Also, I bet they will analyse this data to target people more effectively with ads - this is a real goldmine for Google but I think people would want to keep their data private.
Vinny Hassell, Liverpool

They say they want it to be for low-cost netbooks, and then say it will only run using solid state srives? A 32GB solid state drive costs upwards of £300 - I don't see this being a cheap netbook option.
Mark, London

Requiring a solid state drive (SSD) is a fatal flaw that I feel will have to be rectified before Chrome OS ever gets off the ground. If they ever want to leave the netbook scene they will need to cater to the people without the money to spend on SSDs. The full-size PC owners with solid state drives will toss Chrome aside because gaming is purely a Microsoft feature at this point, and that's what PC owners want, especially the ones with powerful computers and fast SSD drives.
Kurtis Stalnaker, Washington, United States

I'm not sure why there's all the fanfare about Google's Chrome OS and that it is free. Linux is already free and available on netbooks, sometimes pre-installed by the manufacturer. The problem is convincing people to try it because most people aren't willing to give anything that is unfamiliar a go. They see "different to Windows" as "bad".
Steve Street, Somerset

As a senior technologist and engineering manager, I can see the appeal. However I think people will not be comfortable with having their data stored on remote servers, under the control of a third party, along with everybody else. You have no idea how secure your data and data access patterns are. It is a security concern at a personal level. I think people will use it like people use Gmail today - not as their main application, but as a secondary application, and only for low level information. If all it turns out to be is a smarter web browser, then they have missed the target.
Steve Hollands, Ireland

While I can see Chrome OS being very successful in the netbook market, I find it very hard to see it doing well in the general PC OS market. It's great for a bit of surfing, e-mail and word processing, but it certainly won't be able to handle high-end apps like desktop publishing, photo manipulation and gaming for a fair while yet. Hardware compatibility will also be an issue I believe...Microsoft and Apple still have issues with that and they have been writing OS software for years...even Linux has issues in this area. Good luck to Google with their endeavour, but I can't see it really troubling Microsoft or anyone else for that matter
Mike Brown, Brentwood

I've been using Google Chrome as my default browser for about a year and I really enjoy its utility and appearance. More and more third-party applications can run with it and I rarely need to open Internet Explorer now.
Dr John Patrick, Beeston, Nottingham

Not bad, but until you can choose to use other companies' cloud, or even your own server on the back end as easily as connecting to Google's infrastructure then it is too much of a lock-in. Now if Google sold a software pack that I could run on my own server, that I could log my netbook into and have all the Google functionality but with the data saved on my own server - that would make it worthwhile!
Donald 'Paddy' McCarthy, Bristol

The concept is good. But the problem I see here is whether the existing systems people use would fit in to the new platform. Since Chrome will perform most functions online, will people like it? I personally like a system where I can keep my data closer to me. Running on special hardware will be another failure as people will have to consider buying new equipment for Chrome OS.
Chanaka Padmaperuma, Colombo, Sri Lanka

I think it has a future with tablet PCs and portable devices. Its simplicity fits into to the new "on the go" computer lifestyle. I think it may have a future depending on the platform it's run from.
Matthew Buell, Bucheon, South Korea

You always have to argue exactly what functionality users really need on a device. 'Light' users will certainly see a benefit here and the concept of having all your apps and data hosted in the cloud takes away a lot of user and support concerns. If it can challenge the enterprise market I am not so sure....
Rich, Newbury

I see a problem with this straight away. I am not going to have all my personal data stored on a company's server, rather than on a hard drive and backups that I have. I can't see many companies going for this either. No matter how safely they say they store it, someone will abuse it and someone will at least try and hack it. Doesn't Google know enough about everyone without asking us to hand over all our computer and data files to it?
Andrew Moran, Liverpool UK

Google Chrome is a welcome development, and I believe would be a good challenge to windows, but its penetration and acceptance among those of us in Africa with slow connections is going to be tough. Imagine taking a minute or two to open a 65kb mail attachment document file when your connection is timing out. Now imagine your whole operating system and all your files are stored on a server on the net - would that be something you want to try out? I doubt it! If Chrome would work both on and offline with applications and programs available whether one is connected to the net or not, I would personally replace my Vista, XP and 2000 on my systems in an instant.
Ibrahim Jamilu, Kano, Nigeria

I run my PC with "traditional" hard drives and hence can't try the new OS from Google at the moment. But I will try it sometime. Coming to the point of Google rivalling Microsoft, if we are to learn anything from history, we would see that every company that has claimed or wanted to bring Microsoft to the ground has failed miserably. It was not long ago that every dropout who started a company aimed to make Microsoft bite the dust and as we know, Microsoft is still the leader. Although I must say, I am not a Microsoft guy. I like free stuff and Google gives me that. So the bottom line is that the whole concept of Google vs Microsoft in terms of the OS market is still naive. Let's wait and watch!
Sainagakishore Srikantham, Pune, India

It is wonderful to hear that Google is finally making an attempt to break the monopoly that Microsoft has enjoyed with personal computer Operating Systems for many years now. This initiative will empower many underprivileged citizens of the world to enter the digital age. I do hope that Google has kept in mind the limited bandwidths that most third world countries, who would greatly benefit from this initiative, have.
Jigme Tenzing, Thimphu, Bhutan

Google already has far too much information about me. The last thing I want is them snooping in my documents. For this reason businesses will never use it, and as such it will never take off and compete with Windows. To suggest this is even questionable...
John Smith, Lausanne, Switzerland

I did not try Chrome OS but I think it would be great if Google can develop it for SATA hard drives and not only for solid state hard drives, as more than 80% users still don't have solid state hard drives. This could have a major impact as a challenge to Microsoft OS.
James, South Africa, Johannesburg

Without doing something very similar very soon, I think it is only a matter of time before Microsoft lose their grip on the OS market and Google can only gain through rapid increase in the usage of all their integrated services. With Google OS, users will provide home and business users with access to basic applications that are easily farmable out to the cloud and frankly that's already the bulk of what people use Windows PCs for. More processor-intensive consumer applications like video-editing are just a further step along the same path. This OS and other similar OS's will eventually change the whole landscape of consumer and business IT purchasing. It is a much needed shake-up for the IT world and part of a Google-led trend away from a focus on technology/performance and towards functionality.
Ben Caesar, Taipei, Taiwan

I have used this operating system and have been amazed that it is not only to the point one for the internet users but a great advent that is put forward by the giant Google. I recommend it to all those who are using their computers just for internet. Otherwise go for Windows.
Dr. Tehmas Afridi, Pakistan

This is the future! Wish they would make it available now, I'd run it in a separate partition on my machine and never have to worry about backing up or virus checking again. Think of the effect on the anti virus & computer component manufacturers as well. Bring it on!!!
David Lewis, Horsham, England

I noticed that the biggest change is that there is no desktop. You cannot minimise the window, there always remains one tab open with the Google page. Also, it is fundamentally unable to access hard drive content so no native music or movies, you must find all that on the internet. This model will work well for library terminals and small computers dedicated only to internet tasks, but will be useless to anyone wanting to do anything more.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I like the idea of a less processing intensive OS, especially since we are moving into a world where 80-90% of what we do now is online anyway. Google is evolving in simplifying computing, moving application processing and data storage off local machines, and offering it as a service as opposed to each one of us carrying the burden of keeping up with software updates, backups, patches, etc. that only consume time and money! Looking forward to buying a laptop with Chrome OS.
Lorenzo Cremona, Udine, Italy

Does anyone feel a little creeped out about all the information Google has on you, and how much more they'll know if you use this operating system?
Tinker Bell, Beaverton, Oregon

Yeah, like I want all my files and documents on Google's servers. Good luck with it.
Keita Consalves, Oaxaca, Mexico

Given that the Google Chrome browser crashes on me with alarming regularity, I'm not sure that I'd want to trust the Chrome Browser with my important documents.
Scott Fitzgerald, Sunderland, UK

I am sure that we would all love someone to "go after Microsoft" especially an "open source" company. We all hate any market dominance by one company. I have a Mac for that very reason!
Stewart Holland, Civitella, Italy

I have it in an old laptop, it runs much faster than Explorer. I use it for certain applications, it works much better and smoother. I like it
Fernando Perez, Quito, Ecuador

So they are designing it for low cost netbooks that have to have solid state drives, bit of an oxymoron there! 7 seconds to boot up is quite impressive compared to a windows operating system, but for an operating system that is little more than a browser, there are Linux installs that do it faster and with more functionality. Looks very polished and well thought out all ready, but don't think ill be swapping from windows any time soon.
Roger Aram, Yorkshire, UK

Basically useless in South Africa because of the slow internet connection and high costs of bandwidth
Jared Sacks, South Africa

I can only see Google making a market dent on very cheap web appliances for people who have struggled to learn how to use a computer to access the web. On the plus side, it will be very simple to use and incredibly secure, especially for on line banking and shopping with credit card information. I really don't think Apple and Microsoft should be too worried though. There are lots of useful applications that simply cannot be run in a browser yet (video editing, music creation, Photoshop), and until there are web equivalents of these most people will stick to a fully fledged computer.
Nathan, Tokyo

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